Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro: What’s it Like?

It's like hiking from the Equator to Antarctica - in just one week.

Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest free standing mountain in the world and the highest peak in Africa. Celebrated for its picturesque beauty, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro offers spectacular vistas across five ecological zones. Because it is a non-technical peak, Kilimanjaro is an excellent trip for beginners and experienced hikers.

Our routes range from seven to nine days on the mountain, which gives plenty of time for proper acclimatization. The challenging final ascent is made in the dark of night. As the sun rises, breathtaking views await your arrival at Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro at 19,340 feet above sea level.

The hike begins in the lush rain forest at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. The trail can be wet and muddy so watch your footing.

Look out for the elaborate fringe and white tipped tails of the Black and White Colobus Monkeys as they dash among the treetops.

Our expert, certified guides will lead you on your daily hikes. You're in good hands - most have climbed Kilimanjaro between 100-200 times.

Most days will consist of 4-6 hours of trekking, including rest breaks and a longer lunch stop. Walking slowly is key to altitude acclimatization.

Our porters set up and tear down the campsites everyday so you don't have to lift a finger. Just enjoy the scenery on the way and let us do the hard work.

You sleep comfortably in our warm, waterproof and roomy Mountain Hardwear tents. Foam sleeping mats are provided while sleeping bags are available for rent.

Fresh, delicious meals are prepared by our mountain chefs. A healthy food intake is very important for acclimatization, so you are encouraged to eat well.

We offer private toilets on every one of our treks. There's no need to use the dreaded "long drop" public toilets.

These strange, giant groundsels - called Senecios Kilimanjari - are native to the higher altitude zones on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Depending on the route you take, you will see a variety of landmarks on the way, like Lava Tower - a volcanic rock that stands 300 feet tall.

Summit day is the most challenging part of the climb. We begin hiking in the middle of the night when it can be quite cold and windy.

But with a little grit and perseverance, you will reach Uhuru Peak - the highest point in Africa! Over 30,000 people climb Kilimanjaro every year and so can you!

Our most popular route is the Lemosho route, which takes 10 days. We begin at the Londorossi Gate and descend on the Mweka Route.

Our 10 Day Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route trip includes 2 nights hotel accommodation in Moshi (before & after climb), transportation to and from the trailhead, all park fees, meals on the mountain, tents, sleeping pads and all communal equipment.

We have group climbs scheduled throughout the dry seasons. Embark on a group Kilimanjaro expedition from just $2,695 to $3,295 per person.